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Creating an extraordinary Western Australian story

Acclaimed Performing Lines WA writer and director Sally Richardson has brought together an extraordinary artwork program to engage Western Australian Museum visitors with professional artists.

Ms Richardson said an interactive artwork will be developed over a two week period, with the final product to be a large three dimensional object that reflects the Western Australian community today.

"The Museum is currently hosting the Extraordinary Stories from the British Museum exhibition which showcases stories about the world's people, who we are and where we've come from," Ms Richardson said.

"I wanted to extend this premise to develop an extraordinary three dimensional object created by Western Australians.

"The artwork or sculpture will be called Swan Song and will not only reflect each participant's individual story, but will collectively reflect something unequivocally Western Australian - namely the Swan River."

Ms Richardson advised professional artists from the Bassendean based art organisation FIBRANT will coordinate the program, working closely with Museum visitors.

"FIBRANT is a group of like minded artists who have a strong ethos of recycling, skill sharing, inclusivity and creating collaborative community artworks.

"Working alongside the artists, visitors who participate in the program will use specially chosen materials such as old books and maps which, in their own right, carry their own stories.

"We invite audiences to come watch the artists at work, or freely participate as 'artists' themselves."

Swan Song will evolve over the duration of the program and will be on display at the Western Australian Museum - Perth.

Ms Richardson said another aspect of the program will be the My Favourite Things activity where recognised young Perth performers will engage with Museum visitors helping them to write about their favourite things on post-it notes.

"These performers will play, dance and have fun while encouraging participants to draw or write about their favourite things.

"The post-its will create a mural on and around the walls of the Museum foyer - all to encourage telling our own stories and building our identity as Western Australians."

This free program runs from 9 to 22 January 2012 at the WA Museum - Perth from 10.00am to 2.00pm daily and is available to people from 4+ years.

Extraordinary Stories from the British Museum exhibition will be on display at the WA Museum - Perth until 5 February 2012.


Venue: WA Museum - Perth
Cultural Centre, James Street, Perth

Date: 9 to 22 January 2012

Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm daily

Ages: 4+ years

Bookings: Not required

Program cost: Free

Museum Entry: By donation

Further Information: Call 9427 2836 or visit Extraordinary out of the Ordinary at

All children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Interview opportunities available with Sally Richardson

Media contact:
Flora Perrella, WA Museum: T 9212 3856 M 0424 027 646

WA Museum - My Favourite Things

Live@Woodside 2010: Living Energy

Steamworks Arts Productions with partners Woodside present another outstanding FREE public arts event.

Live@ Woodside showcases the Woodside building foyers and nearby plaza areas as vibrant and energized creative spaces in the Perth city.
The presentation for 2010 is as diverse as previous years; supporting a program of contemporary live music, dance, performance, visual art and design.

The program will feature as a key component a commitment to support emerging talent in the performing arts in the areas of design, lighting, management and production. The 2010 Live@Woodside presentation has diverse and innovative elements including:

Installed displays staged in the Woodside foyer in the week leading up to Friday's event.

The Launch of Woodside's Community Investment Program and strategic partnerships for 2010 and beyond.

Artists and orgnaisations representing Woodside key partnerships perform outdoors at the Woodside Plaza. The program includes performances by: Sci tech, WA Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensemble, and WA Ballet, then AIVDT(Anything is Valid Dance Theatre), VJ Zoo along with DJ Reuben provide a fantastic finale to the evening.

Roving performences are presented by City of Joondalup, Scitech and Pinstripe Circus.

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Woodside and Steamworks


Steamworks is proud to be in it's third year of partnership with Woodside Australia. Bringing unique contemporary performing arts experiences to the people of Perth.

Check out this snapshot of our programs created exclusively for Woodside 2008-2010.


I would like to say a big thankyou to you all for the experience of Live@Woodside . As an emerging
independent performer I greatly appreciate the experience and the opportunity to work with such a beautiful,
efficient and creative team.The events had such beautiful colors, movement, sounds and connections.
(Sarah Nelson, Dreamscape Productions)

Coming out of a meeting in the area I could tell something special was happening at Woodside Plaza. Never
before have I seen such a changed landscape with families and children being part of the West End. It was
amazing and wonderful to see! (Woodside Employee)

The event was amazing. The entire steamworks artistic efforts were dazzling to say the least -masses of
families enjoying the wonderful environment. The giant pot plant was the work of an absolute genius!
(Tina, Clarity Communications)

Place of Reflection Opening Events


The two ceremonies were everything I hoped they would be. You truly captured all our hopes and dreams.

And, of course, I was particularly touched by the Dedication Ceremony which provided the intimacy for which we yearned.

Thank you so very much to you and all your team for all your creative talent and loving care.
- Dr Liz Pattison

Live@Woodside 2009

Ashely de Prazer-photographer

A Community Arts Investment Program created by Steamworks with partners Woodside supporting the creative development, performance and presentation of Western Australian artists and their work.

Autumn Program: Family Fun Day, April 15, Woodside Plaza, Perth


This program focuses on Woodside building foyers and garden area as a living canvas. This is a busy creative space where creative people work, network and also have their lunch. The program is diverse; supporting musicians, dancers, performance makers, screen and visual artists.

In 2009 there is a focus on the visual arts exploring how we can create aesthetically stimulating workplaces in innovative and imaginative ways. In addition the program includes the creative development and presentation of new works, exhibitions, installations, performances, family and community events.

2009 sees an Artist in residence program that includes the commissions of 7 original works from across art forms. The Artists in residence program will culminate in a series of public events for the Western Australian community at Woodside in the city, and also up in the remote regional community of Karratha. During the school holidays families will have an opportunity to enter the corporate city space which for a day becomes a fun space for young and old.

Participating Western Australian artists and companies include:
Artsource, FTI, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, dashvisual, Ali Bodycoat, Anything is Valid Dance Theatre, company ololo, Hydrapoesis, Dreamscape Productions, Bizircus, Mr Sister, Cathie Travers, Gosia Basinska, Jodee Knowles, Sarah Robottam, Bridget Waters, Leon Krasenstein, amongst others.

Live@karratha: Walkington Ampitheatre, July 5, Karratha WA

Steamworks and Woodside bring some of the newly created performances from the successful Live@Woodside Autumn program, and preview some of the up and coming Live @Woodside Spring program in the remote regional community of Karratha.

With a focus on children and the young at heart, audiences will be entertained with live music, puppetry and circus performances, with hands on workshops providing a unique arts experience for the local community.

Participating artists include: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Dreamscape Productions, Pinstripe Circus and The Ali Bodycoat Trio

Spring Program: Woodside Plaza, Perth

Live@Woodside Springfest offers a chance for parents and kids to come into the city during the school holidays on October 5 for some FREE family fun.

From 11am to 2pm the young and the young at heart can take part in hands-on fun and entertaining performances. Watch as a workspace becomes a play space'just for one day!

Families are encouraged to meet in the city and come along to relax with some lunchtime fun-time! Re-discover the child within with free performances, demonstrations and workshops with mum or dad during work hours.

Watch in amazement as circus and theatre come together with not one, but two fabulously fun circus based performances by the incredible Ayres Rock Surf Lifesaving Club presented by Pinstripe Circus.

The Ayers Rock Surf Lifesaving Club is uniquely Australian, paying tribute to that great aussie icon, the surf lifesaver. It celebrates Australians' love of sun, sand, and surf. It is performed by Ross Vegas and Ella Mental.
Don't miss out on one of their free performances at 11.30 am or 1pm.

There will also be live music from So Brazil Duo, Cathie Travers and Phil Waldren, performences ofVaporise; a roving stilt work from Spare Part Puppet Theatre, fun arts activities with REmida and crossarts creating unique objects on the theme of 'flight', along with lots of free giveaways for the kids.

Live@woodside is brought to you by Steamworks Arts Productions and Woodside - an Australian company proudly supporting Western Australian creative arts.

Please check out the full program at

Live@Woodside 2008

Ashley de Prazer-photographer

Inaugural Performance Event series
Producers: Woodside, Steamworks and Scout Entertainment
Woodside Plaza Gardens, Perth City

Previous Events

2006 WA Business News 40 Under 40 Awards, Fremantle

2005 WA Business News 40 under 40 Awards, Parliament House, Perth

2004 State Arts Sponsorship Awards, His Majesty's Theatre
(Government of WA, Dept. Culture & the Arts)

2003 State Arts Sponsorship Awards, His Majesty's Theatre
(Government of WA, Dept. Culture & the Arts)